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2010 Event Media Release - Perry Keyes and Friends

Media Release: Monday, June 28, 2010

Discover Sydney’s hidden secrets with singer-songwriter Perry Keyes and Friends

“he’s attracting serious attention, earning comparisons with some of the great Australian songwriters” SMH

Perry Keyes is a Sydney musician with a great story. The somewhat shy 43-year-old maybe nobody's idea of a pop star but his music brings to mind the very best of Paul Kelly, Tom Waits, and at times even early Bruce Springsteen.

The first music Keyes can remember hearing is Ray Charles and Roy Orbison played by his grandmother every Saturday morning growing up in Redfern and then Waterloo but it wasn’t until the age of 12 when he got his first guitar from the local pawn shop that he wrote his first song.

In 1989 he formed The Stolen Holdens and inspired by the likes of The Clash, Elvis Costello and Lou Reed, they enjoyed a small but loyal following on the Sydney music scene. Having not released any albums the band faded by the early 90s.

After a prolonged hiatus, Perry’s debut double release Meter (2005) earned critical acclaim and was followed by The Last Ghost Train Home two years later. Capturing the folklore of Rabbitohs country where he was raised, the album was short-listed by the Australian Music Prize and named ABC Radio National Album of the Year.

His most recent album, Johnny Ray's Downtown, is much more intimate and will be the inspiration for his two shows in the Sydney Opera House Studio on July 24 and 25. Keyes and Friends will take audiences on a unique multi-media journey through his Sydney; the hidden city not seen in guide books and on postcards.

The Friends series, a part of the House Cabaret program, gives established musicians the chance to present an evening of music with invited colleagues. Offering a unique experience for fans, the third instalment for 2010 will feature Keyes and some of his famous fans and friends including Tim Freedman, Bernie Hayes, LJ Hill, Dave McCormack and Bek-Jean Stewart.

One of the most insightful songwriters dealing with the underside of Sydney to emerge in the past decade, Keyes will perform a selection of his most Sydney-centric songs to a backdrop of rare film and video.

Expect rare footage of Sydney Stadium, Redfern in the 1960s (and today), John Sattler 's broken jaw, underworld figures, footage of the Oils doing Wedding Cake Island, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Luna Park and other iconic memories.

WHO: Perry Keyes and Friends

WHEN: 24 & 25 July              

WHERE: The Studio

TIMES:  7.30pm (Sat) and 6pm (Sun)

DURATION: 90mins

PRICE: Tables from $39 or $29 concession. Seats from $29/$24.

BOOKINGS: 02 9250 7777 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House

02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146 /


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